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For Accepted Students

Congratulations and Welcome to Brown Pre-College Programs!


Students and parents should carefully review Policies prior to arrival.

On-Campus Programs Check-in Information

During check-in, students and their families receive their residence hall room keys, Brown ID card, a complete orientation schedule, and campus map. In addition, orientation talks from leadership of the programs is offered to help broadly orient these new members of the Brown community. Commuter students should also plan to check-in and attend orientation.


Traveling to and from Brown's Campus

Arriving on Campus

  • Arrival by Train

    Providence is served by Amtrak and Boston Commuter Rail. The Providence Amtrak train station is a short cab ride to the University.

  • Arrival by Bus

    Providence is served by PeterPan bus lines. Their Providence terminals are a short cab ride to the University.

  • Arrival by Air: Providence T.F. Green Airport

    T.F. Green International Airport, located in the city of Warwick, is approximately 10 miles from the University. A variety of ground transportation is available from the terminal to Providence.

    A shuttle for T.F. Green Airport to Brown University will run every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour according to the schedule below.

    Students arriving at the airport should meet a representative from Shuttle Solutions LLC holding a "Brown Pre-College Programs" sign near baggage claim who will direct them to the vehicles in the lot.

    Cost: CASH ONLY.
    One Way Ticket: $25 USD/student.
    Round Trip Ticket: $40 USD/student

    Upon arrival, students may purchase a round trip ticket that covers the cost for both arrival and their shuttle trip back to T.F. Green Airport at the close of the program. Students will be provided with coupon for the return trip. At the close of the program students may refer to the schedule below to take a shuttle back to T.F. Green Airport. If you have paid for a round trip you may give your coupon to the driver. Unused pre-paid coupons for the return trip cannot be refunded. Please see a Shuttle Solutions LLC representative at airport to purchase in advance.

    Students requiring handicapped accessible transportation are encouraged to contact Brown Pre-College Programs via phone during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:45pm EST) or via email at

  • Arrival by Air: Boston Logan Airport

    Brown University is about an hour and thirty minutes drive from Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Students will need to find their own transportation from Boston Logan Airport to and from campus.

Unaccompanied Student Travel

In recent years, bus, train, and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. Brown Pre-College Programs are unable to meet many of these new requirements, so we urge families to review their likely carrier’s policies early and make decisions about travel based on the assumption that students must arrive on campus for orientation and depart campus at the end of their program without assistance from the Pre-College programs.

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Activity Fair

Extracurricular Activities and Events

Extracurricular Activities and Events will be available in the Summer 2018 Brown Pre-College Programs Official Guidebook »

Nelson Fitness Center

Athletics and Recreation Summer Registration

The Brown University Department of Athletics offers low-cost memberships to Pre-College students. Members have exclusive access to sports and fitness classes. More information can be found on the Brown Recreation website.

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Sayles Hall

Additional Costs and Spending Money

Most Pre-College courses require the purchase of textbooks and/or coursepacks. Costs can vary widely from $35 to over $200, depending on the length and subject area of the course. A list of required readings is typically posted online in the late spring, and are available for purchase in the Brown Bookstore.

Students do not need a significant amount of spending money. Program activities are free and we encourage students to eat meals in dining halls and to engage in activities that are no-cost or low-cost.

Students who wish to use washers, dryers, and campus printers and copiers will need to purchase Bear Bucks Guest Cards – cash cards used in these campus machines. Cards may be purchased from any of the several ValuePort III machines located across campus. As unused funds are not refundable, students are advised to add money in small increments. Please DO NOT add funds or Bear Bucks to your student ID.

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J. Walter Wilson

Mail Services

During students' time at Brown, mail can be picked up at the Brown mailroom at the J. Walter Wilson building (69 Brown St.) across from the Main Green. The mailroom is open Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Family and friends should address letters and packages to you as follows:
Pre-College Student’s Name
Brown University
Pre-College Programs
69 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02912

It is up to each student to check for mail at the Brown mailroom. Shipped items should arrive on campus no more than a week in advance of a student's program start date.

Students will be able to pick up their packages on the Monday of the start of the program.

When programs are over, any first class/priority mail or packages not retrieved by students before they leave campus are forwarded back to the student. All packages/mail not picked up will be returned to sender no later than August 10th.

**Mail and packages sent to students attending only one week is strongly discouraged.

We are not responsible for mail or shipments to and from Brown via the United States Postal Service or carrier service.

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Health Services is located in Andrews House

Health Services

Health Services is located in Andrews House on the corner of Brown and Charlesfield Streets, and can be contacted at (401) 863-3953.

Brown University Health Services is available to all Pre-College Program students during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm) for medical problems such as colds, cuts, sprains, or infections. Situations involving further medical attention or that occur outside of these business hours are referred to local area hospitals, and parents/guardians will be notified if students need to be transported to one of these facilities. Limited pharmacy and x-ray hours are offered for an additional cost that is paid at the time the service is provided (credit card or cash are acceptable).

Brown University maintains its own Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Our EMTs are equipped to respond to medical emergencies 24 hours a day.


Safety and Security


Students and parents should carefully review Policies prior to arrival.

Personal & Community Safety

The safety of our students is of paramount importance. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents, their approved guests, and other authorized members of the University community. All residence hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day and can only be accessed with an authorized ID card.

At check-in, each student is issued a card with emergency phone numbers. Residence halls are equipped with smoke alarms, pull stations, and fire extinguishers.

Brown’s campus is part of what is known as "College Hill" in the city of Providence and, as such, is open to the public. Pre-College students are frequently cautioned to walk in groups and always let someone know where they are going.

There are 140 emergency phones, also known as "blue light phones," located on buildings, elevators and in green areas on campus. All residence halls and classroom buildings have a blue-light phone at each entrance. Students can call anywhere on campus, or be connected to the Department of Public Safety for assistance or emergencies.

Brown University Department of Public Safety (DPS)

DPS Phone: (401) 863-3322 and TDD : (401) 863-1740.

Personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers routinely patrol the campus and surrounding Providence neighborhoods in cars, bikes, and foot patrols. DPS officers are trained at the Municipal Police Academy and are empowered by the State of Rhode Island to enforce state statutes. Security officers are trained by the department and, along with the campus police officers, are authorized by the university to enforce University rules and regulations. Both police and security officers patrol the campus 24-hours a day to deter crime, develop community relationships and respond to calls for service and assistance. The department also provides the community with the resources and education necessary to take responsibility for making informed choices about their personal safety.

Evening Shuttle Service

The Brown University Shuttle (B.U.S.) program is a safety-oriented transportation service offered to Brown University. In the summer, the BUS shuttle does continuous loops of campus each evening from 7:00pm through the 10:00pm curfew. Any Pre-College student can ride the shuttle with a Brown ID.

Emergency Action Plan

In the event of an emergency situation, the University has emergency action plans to promote the safety of Brown students, faculty, staff and guests. The plan outlines procedures for building evacuation, shelter in place and emergency communication.

Brown University utilizes an emergency siren warning system and campus alert system to contact students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. Students receive information about how to opt-in to get alerts via email or texts during orientation.

Commuter Students

Orientation for Commuter Students

Commuter students are encouraged to take advantage of the daytime, evening and weekend activities available to pre-college students. Information on activities is available during orientation.

Bringing a Car to Campus

Residential students are not allowed to bring motor vehicles to campus. Commuter students may only use motor vehicles for transportation to and from Brown. Commuters are prohibited from transporting other students in their motor vehicles.

Students who must commute to campus by car are required to purchase a parking permit from the Transportation Office. The Transportation Office is located at 69 Brown Street in the J. Walter Wilson building, Fifth Floor, Suite 511.

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